Verscheyde Constige Vindigen om in Gout, Silver, Hout en Steen te wercken (Plate 2)

Engraver: Engraved by Michiel Mosyn (Dutch, born 1630)

Artist: After Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Dutch, Amsterdam 1621–1674 Amsterdam)

Artist: After Adam van Vianen I (Dutch, Utrecht ca. 1568/69–1627 Utrecht)

Publisher: Published by Cornelis Danckertsz. I (Dutch, ca. 1603–1656)

Date: [ca. 1651–53]

Medium: Etching and engraving

Dimensions: Plate: 10 1/16 × 7 1/16 in. (25.6 × 18 cm)

Classifications: Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.500.10(2)


The publisher Cornelis Danckerts was clever enough to quickly pick up on the popularity of print series showing designs in the Auricular Style. Taking full advantage of the wide demand, he compiled a series after all the first important protagonists of the style, such as the Van Vianen brothers, Van den Eeckhout and Lutma. This design for a ewer seems closest to objects made by Adam van Vianen, although it might be a free adaptation rather than a piece by the master himself. Just like in other prints from this series, variants are given to stimulate inspiration in other artists. Here we see two different ideas for the shaping of the stem of the ewer, in which the position and head of the monster-like creature are slightly altered.